Useful Contacts: This section provides information on who to contact if you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk.

If your concern is regarding something that takes place/took place within a facility e.g. a leisure centre, you should inform the facility in the first instance so that they can follow their own child protection policies and procedures. Many of the facilities in Tyne & Wear follow The Derwent Initiative's Leisure Watch procedures.

If you need to make an allegation or disclosure of abuse, or have serious concerns about the safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult, you should immediately contact the police or the relevant children’s services department (see below): 

Gateshead Council
Office Hours: 0191 433 2653
Out of Office Hours: 0191 477 0844

Newcastle City Council
Office Hours: 0191 277 2500
Out of Office Hours: 0191 278 7878 (ask for Emergency Duty Team) 

North Tyneside Council
Office Hours: 0345 200 0109
Out of Office Hours: 0191 200 6800

South Tyneside Council
Office Hours: 0191 456 4473
Out of Office Hours: 0191 456 2093

Sunderland City Council
Office Hours: 0191 520 5560
Out of Office Hours: 0191 520 5552

If you have a concern that is not serious and does not require immediate action, your first point of contact would be the relevant club's/organisation's child protection officer/welfare officer. Alternatively, you may wish to speak to the activity organiser, relevant children's services department or one of the contacts listed below for advice and support. 

NSPCC
Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free 24 hour service) 
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
Tel: 0116 366 5590
Website: www.thecpsu.org.uk

Childline
Tel: 0800 1111 (free 24 hour service) 
Website: www.childline.org.uk

National Governing Body Lead Child Protection Officers: please visit the CPSU Website and click on the 'contact your national governing body' tab on the left hand side to find the contact details of the relevant officer.

Tyne & Wear Sport Lead Child Protection Officer (David Marrin)
Tel: 0191 497 2324
E-mail: David.Marrin@tynewearsport.org

Tyne & Wear Sport Deputy Child Protection Officer (Claire Lee)
Tel: 0191 497 2326
E-mail: Claire.Lee@tynewearsport.org

If you have a concern related to poor practice, please speak to the relevant activity organiser.